The city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, is moving forward with a large scale deployment of LED streetlights. This project, funded by a grant from the province of Ontario, aims to replace up to 8,000 existing high intensity discharge (HID) streetlights with energy efficient solid-state lighting. The proposed project will be implemented over a four year period and will replace streetlights on Thunder Bay’s local roads. The city issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) and is seeking bids for the supply and delivery of LED streetlights over a multi-year period.
Previously, the city conducted a number of pilot installations to test and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of LED streetlighting. These pilots tested and evaluated a variety of LED streetlight fixtures and compared them visually and photometrically with existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights. The pilot study encouraged city officials to pursue LED streetlighting as an alternative. Initial results showed that the city could expect to save up to 30% annually in energy costs, resulting in approximate savings of $78,000 each year. Also the longer life expectancy of the LED fixtures would result in lower maintenance needs.
According to the RFP, bids will be evaluated according to a scoring list. This list includes: 1) total life cycle cost to the city, 2) experience of manufacturer, 3) performance of the submitted LED streetlight, 4) quality and longevity of the LED streetlight, 5) demonstrated environmental and social stewardship, and 6) value-added or innovate techniques proposed. The city will evaluate all bids and provide a short list of finalists. The short listed bidders may be asked to provide up to six sample fixtures for further evaluation.
Complete bids must be submitted to the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, by Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Requests for clarification and questions may be submitted to Vicki Gagné-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org up to August 22, 2013. Addenda to this bid will be posted to the city’s website at www.thunderbay.ca/supply. The complete bid document may be found here.